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Former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg is preparing to enter the crowded Democratic primary field–and the internet has responded, with thousands of people echoing the chorus of “Ok Bloomer.”
Bloomberg, who was a rumored candidate early in the 2020 cycle, has sent staffers to Alabama to gather signatures to get on the ballot, according to the New York Times. The billionaire has been mulling jumping into the 2020 Democratic primary for weeks, according to the news outlet, and has reached out to several Democrats.
The former New York City mayor has had a bit of a back-and-forth about entering the 2020 foray. Last year, he re-registered as a Democrat, sparking speculation about a presidential bid.
But in March, Bloomberg said he wouldn’t run.
The Times reports that while Bloomberg has sent staffers to Alabama to get the signatures required to be on the ballot in the state, he has yet to make a decision on whether to run. It seems likely he’s going to, according to Axios.
Regardless of whether Bloomberg officially enters the race, the internet didn’t seem too pleased with the idea.
Like a billionaire centrist trying to get into a race that has already had it with billionaire centrists.
Open twitter and see Ok Bloomer trending pic.twitter.com/dvBgtH6fId— . (@Leitz4U) November 7, 2019
Michael Bloomberg gonna enter the Presidential Race. Ok Bloomer pic.twitter.com/ZqF6EuTx2x— Scott Williams (@jswilliams1962) November 7, 2019
So grateful for everybody who beat me to #OkBloomer— CAMERON Kasky (@cameron_kasky) November 7, 2019
if we tweet "ok bloomber" @MikeBloomberg enough times we will get him to drop out. we already bullied one billionaire off of the campaign trail. start a movement folks #okbloomer https://t.co/NqNJaJeIvk— Abhi Agarwal (@abhiprofen) November 7, 2019
Fave response so far to news alert that Mike Bloomberg preparing run for president. pic.twitter.com/v79haEVUD1— carolynryan (@carolynryan) November 7, 2019
You can read all of the New York Times report here.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).